Monday, August 1, 2022

Solar System Missions update 2022-08

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of August 1st 2022.

This month, Artemis 1 will finally launch to a near rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO) at the Moon as the first test of the giant SLS rocket. Also launching will be the Korean Danuri Moon mission.

Juno will have its 44th perijove this Month.

In Mars news, the NASA Mars Sample Return mission planned to launch in 2028 will carry 2 fetch helicopters instead of a European fetch rover. Also planned to launch in 2028 is a Chinese Mars sample return mission. The race is on!

And my childhood slowly dies one idol at a time #RIPNichellešŸ’”.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Solar System Missions update 2022-07

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of July 1st 2022.

The first commercial Lunar mission for NASAs CLPS-program, CAPSTONE, has launched and will raise its orbit until arriving in a near rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO) at the Moon in November.

Juno will have its 43rd perijove this Month.

In other good news, Lunar Trailblazer will launch earlier than previously planned in 2023 together with the second Intuitive Machines CLPS mission Prime-1.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Solar System Missions update 2022-06

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of June 1st 2022.

Some more delays for Lunar missions, Artemis 1 is still on for August, the Russian Moon missions Luna 26 & 27 are delayed indefinitely. At least the earliest, Luna 25 is still scheduled to launch this year. The first commercial Lunar mission for NASAs CLPS-program, CAPSTONE, will launch to a near rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO), as soon as the 6th this month.

In other news, Bepi Colombo will fly by Mercury for its second gravity assist on the 23rd, Parker Solar Probe does its 12th perihelion on the 1st at a distance of 9.0615 AU or 9.2 million kilometer

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Solar System Missions update 2022-05

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of May 1st 2022.

There are many delays for Lunar missions, Artemis 1 will probably not launch before August, on the other hand all of the NASA Mars missions got extensions for 3 years. And OSIRIS-REx has a new mission after returning the sample capsule with Bennu samples to Earth: Orbiting near Earth asteroid Apophis shortly after its close-approach of Earth in 2029. It will be renamed OSIRIS-ApEx, as in Apophis-Explorer, for that.

In other news, Juno wil have its 42nd perijove on the 21st.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Solar System Missions update 2022-04

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of April 1st 2022.

As I suspected last month, the european Mars rover ExoMars is not launching on a russian Proton rocket, and indefinitely suspended, looking for other options. So the 2022 Mars launch window is the first since 2009 that will not be used.

In other news, Juno wil havd its 41st perijove on the 8th.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Solar System Missions update 2022-03

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of March 1st 2022.

There isn't much axtion in space this month, appart from the routine stuff, like rovers roving on Mars, the largest space telescope ever finetuning its 16 mirrors. As you do. But theres stuff happening here on Earth that may be affecting space missions, e.g. ExoMars, which is supposed to launch on a Russian Proton rocket, so, maybe not. Other than that there are the usual delays and stuff. #PeaceOut

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Solar System Missions update 2022-02

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of February 1st 2022.

The James Webb telescope has arrived at the Earth/Sun L2 Lagrange point, and now just has to cool down, fine tune the mirrors and calibrate the instruments. Juno will have its 40th perijove on the 23rd, and the Parker Solar Probe its 11th perihelion at a distance of just 9.2 million kilometers.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.